Gennaro Gattuso Takes the Helm at Olympique Marseille
Olympique Marseille has welcomed Gennaro Gattuso as their new manager, a seasoned midfielder from Italy who's switching from coaching in Serie A and LaLiga to join the ranks of Ligue 1.
The 45-year-old Italian steps into the role, taking over from Marcelino, the Spanish coach who resigned just a few games into his tenure due to tensions between management and fans.
Marseille officially introduced Gattuso on their website, though details about his appointment were not disclosed. Gattuso expressed his excitement, saying, "I'm looking forward to getting to work with my new team and taking on the upcoming challenges that await us. It's a club and a stadium celebrated throughout Europe for the passion and fervor it exudes."
Gennaro Gattuso's experience includes coaching stints at Pisa, Milan, Napoli, and most recently, Spanish club Valencia, where he was let go in January, after a mere seven months in charge.
Gattuso takes the reins following Marseille's 4-0 loss in the French league to defending champion Paris Saint-Germain, pushing the team down to eighth place.
As a player, Gattuso achieved significant milestones, winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006, along with two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies with AC Milan. He boasts 468 appearances and 11 goals for the club. Notably, he scored his only goal for Italy with a powerful 25-meter strike against England in a 1-0 victory in November 2000.
Gattuso's inaugural match as the manager of the 1993 Champions League-winning Marseille team is scheduled to be an away game against Monaco on Saturday. After that, his squad will face Brighton in the Europa League on Thursday.
It's worth noting that Gattuso joins other Italian coaches who are experiencing their first seasons in the French league, with World Cup-winning teammate Fabio Grosso at Lyon and Francesco Farioli at Nice.
Article Summary: Gennaro Gattuso has taken over as the new manager of Olympique Marseille, following tensions that led to the resignation of the previous coach, Marcelino. Gattuso, a former Italian player with an impressive career, is looking forward to the challenges ahead with the French team. His first game in charge is against Monaco, and he'll lead the team in an Europa League clash with Brighton.